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Football / Bora out, Simoes in!
« on: November 07, 2007, 01:34:21 AM »
By Howard Walker Observer writer walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com
Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Sources say JFF unanimous in decision to sack coach
Technical director Velibor "Bora" Mulutinovic has been booted by new Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Captain Horace Burrell, impeccable sources told the Observer, in light of some shocking revelations from the JFF.

According to the sources, Mulutinovic will be replaced by Jamaica's most successful coach, Brazilian Rene Simoes, who is expected to take charge in the Reggae Boyz's next International Friendly on November 21 against Guatemala. Simoes was in charge when the Reggae Boyz made an historic appearance at the World Cup Finals in France back in 1998.

New treasurer, Gary Sinclair (right), outlines irregularities in the JFF accounts while president Captain Horace Burrell (centre), and general secretary Horace Reid look on during a press conference at the JFF headquarters yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

At yesterday's press conference at the JFF headquarters in New Kingston, Burrell refused to confirm or deny Mulutinovic's sacking, saying they (the JFF) had reviewed the latter's contract and made a unanimous decision.

Said Burrell: "I know most of you are indeed waiting to hear all the details surrounding this matter and it has to do with coach Bora. The new board, having met on two occasions, have taken a unanimous decision on the issue of the technical director, the details of which... I cannot disclose at this time as I have not yet met with Mr Bora."

According to Burrell, he is expected to have dialogue with the technical director today.

SIMOES. Guided historic World Cup qualification in 1998
Quizzed repeatedly as to the future of the Serbian-born coach, Burrell held firm, saying, "The board has taken a unanimous decision as to the future where Mr Bora is concerned."

Mulutinovic, 63, took over as technical director on November 15, 2006, and is the person along with former president Crenston Boxhill, who has been most chastised for Jamaica's poor FIFA ranking and lack of confidence among the players.

In some shocking revelations yesterday, Burrell and his executives made informed reports that the JFF coffers are empty and as such, he has had to suspend the female programme.

"The treasurer has discovered that there is absolutely no money in the JFF coffers," revealed Burrell.

The female National Under-17 team is due to depart on November 19 for their World Cup Qualifiers in Antigua, and the Senior squad scheduled to leave on November 22 for their second-round Olympic Qualifier either in Cuba or Puerto Rico.

"Due to the precarious financial position of the JFF we are unable to proceed with two training camps which were planned before. There are two important international engagement for the female national teams," noted Burrell.
The training camps were immediately dismantled and according to Burrell, he will be meeting with the government to assist with the $4 million needed for the female programme.

New treasurer, Gary Sinclair, said he spent the better part of yesterday (Monday) going over a variety of issues and has put together a preliminary financial report which shows the JFF "in the red" to the tune of $95m.

"The current bank balance on a consolidated basis is $-7.4m. Inclusive in that are cheques drawn for $1.3m in salaries due to JFF staff members. In addition to this are outstanding cheques drawn and not issued to a variety of local providers of good and services, which has left us in negative cash position," said Sinclair.

According to the treasurer, the JFF receivables are $27.7m and payables are $83.4m. The JFF owes $23.9m to the technical director; $22.5m to the English Football Association; $16.4m in statutory deductions, including $9m due to PAYE, and $5m to the Premier League clubs.
"This is frightening. The entire nation was led to believe that the Federation was making a profit," said Burrell.

In the meantime, striker Marlon King's disciplinary ban has been lifted by the JFF for what they say was too harsh a penalty, after reviewing the Watford player's case.

"As in respect to Marlon King, based on representation received, we have looked at the issue and a reprieve has been granted to Mr King. King is now eligible to represent Jamaica," confirmed JFF's first vice-president, Dale Spencer.

Jamaica should also play El Salvador on November 18, but Burrell said it has not been confirmed as he has not yet received the letter from the El Salvador football authorities.
He said every overseas-based Jamaican player will be called up for the two friendlies to be played at the National Stadium.


Football / Jamaica vs. Mexico - Women
« on: November 26, 2006, 06:26:24 PM »
Now on FSC....57 min

Half time score Jamaica 0 - Mexico 3

Football / Statistics
« on: June 23, 2006, 06:20:25 PM »
Does anyone have the statistics with regard to team placement after first round elimination?

General Discussion / Miss T&T Universe & Miss World Thread
« on: January 27, 2006, 06:39:45 PM »
Former Senator is The Father of Wendy Fitzwilliam's Baby.

Well, it turns out that long before most Trinis had any idea that our former Miss Universe was in the family way, the Jamaica Observer newspaper in its All Woman section on Monday, January 9th had already noted the situation and supplied the answer.

According to the Jamaica Observer, the baby's daddy is Dr. David Panton, a former Opposition Senator (Jamaica Labour Party).

He was married to former Miss Jamaica/ Miss World 1993 Lisa Hanna and they have a four-year-old son.

Hanna and Panton have been separated for the past two years.

Panton, an investment banker, is a former Rhodes Scholar and Oxford graduate.

He retired from the Jamaican Senate in 2004 and now lives in Atlanta, where he is vice president at the Atlanta offices of Mellon Ventures.

Meanwhile a Trinidad source who reportedly knows Panton described him as "scholarly, good looking and real bright, bright."

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / For Bradley/Pan Lovers
« on: December 22, 2005, 09:39:09 AM »
Check out dis link.

When Steel Talks: Steelpan News

Football / FYI: Replay....Sydney FC vs. AL AHLY ...FSC
« on: December 17, 2005, 09:08:35 AM »
Game just start.

Football / FIFA Club World Championship...FSC
« on: December 16, 2005, 05:21:15 AM »
Halftime score

Sidney FC 1 ....AL AHLY 1

Yorke 35 min wicked header from a free kick.

Football / Ramblings....is it all about Football?
« on: December 15, 2005, 08:31:08 PM »
I feel so proud of meh fellow Trinis (and those drafted...by liking who we are) when we take the positive approach...with positive outcomes in mind.  Does it really matter if we pass or fail?....yes it does...but...does that underscore whether we gave it the best shot we can...NEVER!

On the other hand....when we get ourselves involved in stupid "nonsensical" dialogue...ah does feel shame....why?...de ole people always sey...common sense mek before book sense.  Think before you talk nah. 

Nice work fellahs...from getting interviews...giving opinions on foreign based...to examinining the Simpaul fiasco....lets continue to make this forum one that can be looked at with distinction and class.  And when ah say class...ah doh mean no "bourgeoisie" ting.  Let us always strive to be the best we can be as....as a nation.

Again thanks to Flex, Tallman...and all the forum massive for providing the opportunity for us all to push foward and excel...as a people.

Respect to all

Luv U T&T

Football / The history boys
« on: November 24, 2005, 09:43:50 PM »

Football / Was a public holiday justified?
« on: November 20, 2005, 11:19:00 AM »
As a follow-up on the Trinity Cross issue...do you think a public holiday was justified by qualifying for world cup 2006.

Levels of consideration.

(a)  Lets face it.  The government lived up to only promises (until after the Mexico game) failing to give meaningful support to the country's journey to WC 2006.

(2)  Is a public holiday really warranted...when even our national feltival (that includes, song, pan, art) is not a public holiday?  Why could Carnival not finally be declared a public holiday?  No one works anyway.

(3)  How many more public holidays can our country accommodate especially when unemployment is at an all time high....giving rise to social unrest (crime on the up...up....up)?

Remember it was hard-work, guidance, and discipline that finally made us overcome the hurdles we faced.

Think about it carefully...vote, then give reasons for or against.

Luv U T&T

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / They call it "World Music"
« on: October 27, 2005, 01:56:29 PM »
Can anyone tell me why it is that Soca is not categorized as a stand alone genre in music?

Are there special prerequisites to "qualify" as such?

Just curious....does anyone have an answer?

Luv U T&T!

Football / Gold Cup TV Schedule (US)
« on: June 24, 2005, 09:17:57 AM »
2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup™
Univision TV Schedule
(Univision – Univ; Galavision – Gala; Telefutura – TFN)

Date - Kickoff Time (ET) - Network - Match - Venue
Wed, 6 July - 7:05 pm - TFN - Panama vs. Colombia - Miami
Wed, 6 July - 9:15 pm - Gala - Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago - Miami
Thu, 7 July - 8:35 pm - Gala - Costa Rica vs. Canada - Seattle
Thu, 7 July - 10:45 pm - TFN - USA vs. Cuba - Seattle
Fri, 8 July - 10:05 pm - Univ - Mexico vs. South Africa - Carson
Fri, 8 July - 12:05 pm - Gala - Guatemala vs. Jamaica - Carson
Sat, 9 July - 2:35 pm - TFN - Cuba vs. Costa Rica - Seattle
Sat, 9 July - 4:45 pm - TFN - USA vs. Canada - Seattle
Sat, 9 July - 7:05 pm - Gala - Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago - Miami
Sat, 9 July - 9:15 pm - TFN - Colombia vs. Honduras - Miami
Sun, 10 July - 3:05 pm - Univ - Mexico vs. Guatemala - Los Angeles
Sun, 10 July - 5:15 pm - Gala - Jamaica vs. South Africa - Los Angeles
Mon, 11 July - 7:05 pm - TFN - Trinidad & Tobago vs. Colombia - Miami
Mon, 11 July - 9:15 pm - Gala - Honduras vs. Panama - Miami
Tue, 12 July - 7:05 pm - TFN - USA vs. Costa Rica - Boston
Tue, 12 July - 9:15 pm - Gala - Canada vs. Cuba - Boston
Wed, 13 July - 8:05 pm - Gala - South Africa vs. Guatemala - Houston
Wed, 13 July - 10:15 pm - Univ - Mexico vs. Jamaica - Houston
Sat, 16 July - 1:05 pm - Univ - Quarterfinal #1 - Boston
Sat, 16 July - 4:05 pm - TFN - Quarterfinal #2 - Boston
Sun, 17 July - 3:05 pm - Univ - Quarterfinal #3 - Houston
Sun, 17 July - 6:05 pm - TFN -Quarterfinal #4 - Houston
Thu, 21 July - 6:05 pm - TFN - Semifinal #1 - NY/NJ
Thu, 21 July - 9:05 pm - Univ - Semifinal #2 - NY/NJ
Sun, 24 July - 3:05 pm - Univ - Final - NY/NJ

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